Regional alliance of NGOs concerned over non-transparent allocation of broadcasting rights, media ownership concentration
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Access to reliable information, fair gender representation, financial support for media (development) organisations and empathetic and skilful leadership are the crucial elements to help the media sector during the crisis and make it emerge stronger in the long run.

“We are alarmed at the ferocity of some of the attacks on media freedom we are seeing being unveiled. In some states journalists are threatened with prison sentences for reporting on shortages of vital hospital equipment. The public need to know this kind of life-saving information, not have it kept from them.”

During 2019, according to data collected for the inaugural edition of PEN America’s Freedom to Write Index, at least 238 writers, academics, and public intellectuals were in prison or held in detention unjustly in connection with their writing, their work, or related activism.